It's really quite simple.
We’ve reached a point in human evolution where we understand we play a part in the preservation (or destruction) of the planet we call home. Thankfully, this awareness has led many of us to take greater care in our daily lives as well as when traveling.
As a concerned citizen with many years experience in the travel industry, this awareness became the driving force for my creating Kynder, the new eco-conscious travel platform that exclusively promotes sustainable and ethical hospitality establishments.
In addition to patronizing eco-conscious establishments, there are many ways you can care for our planet whilst traveling. Here are ten simple tips to help you travel more sustainably, help curb climate change and support local communities:
1. STAY SUSTAINABLY. Seek eco-conscious, fair labor accommodation and eateries when traveling. This amplifies your sustainable impact and supports the well-being of local communities.
2. SEEK LOCAL PURVEYANCE. Reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing goods that were sourced from nearby farms and shops, with minimal transit from the source to you.
3. WALK. Invest in a good pair of eco walking shoes and walk as much as possible. Learn the public transport system before traveling so when you’re tuckered out you can hop on a bicycle or bus rapid transit (BRT).
4. BYOWB. Bring your own BPA-free filtration water bottle (and an extra for your trip companion in case they forget). Ditch the disposable water bottles that have become such an environmental hazard and save money at the same time.
5. BUY LOCALLY HANDCRAFTED SOUVENIRS. When selecting the perfect souvenir to take back to loved ones, invest in the local community by purchasing gifts made by local artisans.
6. SEEK LOCAL TOUR GUIDES. Local guides will likely be able to show you hidden gems off the beaten path that may not be found in guide books or with large tour operators. Major landmarks are wonderful to see but there are so many other ways to experience the richness of a local culture.
7. AC DETOX. If you’re accustomed to using air conditioning to stay cool, reduce your energy consumption by turning the AC down or off in your accommodation. Instead, pack cooler, breathable clothing made with sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, sip chilled beverages, and open the windows to let the breeze flow through.
8. PLANT A TREE. There are several organizations that will plant trees to offset the carbon footprint you left behind by traveling. For as little as $1 per tree, you can be a powerful advocate for reducing environmental degradation.
9. STAYCATION. There are likely many brilliant eco-conscious hospitality establishments in your own backyard or within a close radius. Explore and enjoy new sustainable experiences nearby, as if you were a tourist in your own town.
10. PREACH IT. You’re out socializing, enjoying communal tables, perhaps hostel life, why not bring up the topic of sustainability? Discuss, explore, inspire… and make new friends whilst doing it!
Any tips you’d like to add? Please leave them in the comments below, we’d love to know!